What did you, our viewers, find most helpful on our blog this past year? What posts most peaked your interest? Based on the numbers, here were the top 5 posts:
5. What Our Children Really Need
4. Sparing Children from the Follies of Their Generation
3. Sermon Notes: Yes, They Can!
You probably have noticed our emphasis on Scripture memory in the month of December with the release of our new Fighter Verses Study and related resources. And, you may feel a little overwhelmed by the thought of a systematic Bible memory program during this busy holiday season. Like me, you may feel tempted to say, “I just don’t have the time right now!” I found this illustration over at the Gospel Coalition to be really encouraging:
The demands of life swamp my days. I might as well drain the Everglades as carve out an entire morning for memorizing Scripture.
My granddaughter—a mere two years old—is already memorizing. She is not exceptional in this regard. Children have an amazing God-given ability and inclination to memorize. The question becomes: What will they memorize? In this short video clip, Pastor David and Sally Michael talk about making the most of these young years.
This Christmas, may you and your family worship Jesus, the Savior of the world, the King of Kings, who is most special of all.
Joy to the world! the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.
Joy to the world! the Savior reigns;
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.
We wish you the merriest Christmas!
David, Sally, Jill, Brian, Terry, Holly, Karen, Betty,
The year I spent teaching 7th-8th grade was eye-opening for me. One of the surprises was the size of the role television and movies played in the lives of students in this age group. Why is this true for so many students (including many adults)? One reason is that visual media has a unique ability to captivate our hearts and minds. And with that captivation comes the ability to influence how we think and feel.
This Christmas season, many of our students will be eagerly going to the movie theater to see the newly released Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Most will judge the movie simply in terms of its entertainment value: it’s fun, exciting, has great special effects, etc. These are all valid means for evaluating a movie, but they shouldn’t be the only means, or even
Last year, our daughter and son-in-law received a personalized family calendar as a Christmas gift. Every month displayed a beautiful picture of their children. It was a wonderful gift! This year my daughter decided to take the idea a step further by combining a family calendar with the CDG resource, Praying for the Next Generation.
The prayer booklet, written by Sally Michael, offers 12 topics for prayer with suggested Scriptures. My daughter simply incorporated a prayer topic along with each of the 12 pictures on the calendar. So, for example, along with a picture of your children for the month of January, you could incorporate the first prayer topic…
Pray that they would know Christ as Savior early in life and treasure their inheritance as sons of God;
He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings… (Daniel 2:21a)
We mark time predominantly in God’s good design of years. This is why, when a year comes to a close, individuals and organizations often look back in a time of reflection. What were our goals for the year? Were they realized? What unexpected events played a major role in the year’s outcome? Was I faithful to influence these outcomes?
It is good for us reflect on questions such as these and recognize that it is God Himself who changes times and seasons. He establishes and removes earthly rulers…God is in control of all things, and He works in us, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
God’s Work for CDG in 2015
It has been a wonderful privilege to encourage you since 1997 to hide God's Word in your heart through the Fighter Verse Bible memory program.
On January 1st, 2016, Children Desiring God will update all of the Fighter Verses resources in the New International Version (NIV) from the NIV1984 version to the NIV2011 translation. Due to restrictions from the publisher, we can no longer offer the 1984 NIV version after December 31. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you.
The Fighter Verses
No, I am not referring to the Bible here…That is an obvious must in our homes and churches. But there is a certain type of book that is increasingly overlooked. A book that, throughout the history of the Church, commends itself to passing on to the next generation sound doctrine and God-centered worship. What is this book? A hymnal.
Hymns have a very special place in my heart. I don’t remember a single sermon from my childhood, but I remember the great hymns of faith we sang in church. In college, away from home for the first time, I gathered with other believers on our secular campus, and we spent a significant amount of time singing hymns together. While my future husband and I were courting, we would go for long walks and sing hymns together. Our wedding march was the hymn And Can It Be
A lot of thought and prayer goes into choosing the focus of our national conferences. “Persevering in the Whole Counsel of God—What’s at Stake for the Next Generation” is no exception. This recent video clip from Dr. Russell Moore, “You Need the Whole Bible (Even If You Don’t Know Why),” really gets to the heart of the matter. Whether or not you plan to attend our conference (and we would LOVE you to come!), this three-minute video is a must see.